Sample USPPF News Sweeps

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Welcome to the United States Public Pension Funds Demonstration Pages

Below you will find a small sample of what is available for subscribers of the SustainabilityHQTM system.  We have made available to you: 1.)  Three of the most recent USPPF Highlighted News items, 2.)  Three of the most recent Perspectives & Insights, 3.)  A sample profile of one organization which is profiled inside our subscription site, 4.)  A sampling of our powerful USPPF News Dashboard system.

Sample Profile

California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

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Helping You Understand the Specifics of Public Sector Investments

SustainabilityHQTM has a roster or profiles of US state and municipal public employee pension funds and retirement systems – such as CalPERS.  Here you will find fund profiles, including size and nature of assets managed; research reports; news distributed by and media coverage of the fund; additional helpful background (including state information); Highlighted (select) Information of importance to understanding the fund and its investments; streaming news (gathered globally and posted 3X daily) on the specific fund; key staff contact information…and more.  Where available, information on the fund’s or system’s asset managers is included.

Also highlighted:  the fund’s views on ESG / Sustainability issues and the activism of the fund on ESG issues.  This is important as the US public sector retirement community focuses on corporate ESG and Sustainability performance and track record.

Click here to view a sample profile in SustainabilityHQTM.

Sample USPPF Highlighted News

Benchmark commentary and news to help you understand the important developments and trends in United States Public Pension Funds, selected by the editors and updated regularly.  “Must read” items to help you understand USPPF.  Latest 3 shown; subscribers have access to all Highlights.

Mississippi Pension Finds New Chief Investment Officer
February 19, 2020 - Source: Institutional Investor
New Mexico Pension Reform Breezes Through State Senate
February 19, 2020 - Source:
New York Pension to Coal Firms: Evolve or We’ll Divest
February 18, 2020 - Source: Bloomberg on

More Information on US Public Employee Pension Funds

US Public Employee Pension Funds & Retirement Systems in Focus:

This category provides you with actionable information on the important class of US institutional investors made up of state and municipal pension funds and retirement systems, and related institutions.  This is a universe of investors of owners with assets totaling USD$2.3 trillion as year-end 2008 (Bloomberg).

Over the years one of the important considerations for those in government service, and especially for career civil servants, was the promise of post-retirement benefits.  As the popularity of health care insurance and benefits took hold in the American society, an array of benefits was offered to government employees.  Over the decades retirement and healthcare benefits systems were fashioned for employees of state government, local and municipal government, with separate systems often providing benefits for teachers, police and fire, and other workers.

As the number of government employees grew, so did the state and municipal systems expand.  The large pools of money set aside for current and future retirees, and often to cover healthcare, have grown to quite substantial size.  At first these plans invested in “safe” and restricted vehicles – government-issued debt, AAA corporate securities and the like.  As “prudent man” restrictions were eased in the early 1970s, and with the rise of institutional investor as the dominant force in the capital markets, public employee retirement systems and pension funds expanded the range of holdings. 

Today, these systems invest in common and preferred equities, stock indexes, corporate bonds, CDOs, real estate, alternative investment vehicles, private equity pools, private companies, hedge funds, venture capital, currency, and more.

The largest of the pension systems are active in the oversight of companies in their portfolio, belong to important investor coalitions, and can be classified as ESG activists. Also, many of these investors are also purchasers of healthcare and related services. The large US pension plans are often bellwethers on key issues, such as corporate governance and environmental and social issues.


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